With the challenges brought by the pandemic, a lot of things changed. And one of them, in particular, is the educational learning system. Right now, e-learning has been the most recommended strategy that fits every student’s needs. And with the help of technology, students can be able to comply with their learning tasks more easily. However, although e-learning offers convenience to students, teachers, and families, there are still some things about it that contribute to individuals’ mental health. Let’s talk about it.
Lack Of Access To The Internet
E-learning is ten times more convenient, especially when it gets provided with a complete setup. And since e-learning requires digital communication, an internet connection is among the most important things that are needed aside from a laptop computer or mobile device. It gets to utilize the web to help students for possible research and study. However, many students often get stressed because they are not provided with a stable and strong internet connection that most online courses require. It becomes impossible for students to catch up with some of the course management sessions and other technical requirements because of the limited bandwidth they have. Thus, the students’ e-learning experience tends to become mentally exhausting and problematic. As a result of the mental health distress, the students become unmotivated, sad, anxious, and unproductive.
It becomes a struggle for the students and their families to accommodate the technological demands of e-learning, especially when there is not enough computer literacy. Even though students nowadays are tech-savvy, a lack of computer skills can still cause an issue. That is because some students are not that easily trainable and technologically literate. Some of them require separate computer skill learning, which causes a delay in the supposed advance e-learning progress. Many students cannot adjust to the required fast-faced technological skills, troubleshooting, advanced research, and digital interaction. So when the students feel pressured will all the basic skills requirements, some of them lose interest in e-learning.
Another factor that unfortunately affects students’ e-learning experience is the geographical location. With an internet-based or online education, only a limited number of students can quality to this. That is because some areas or locations in the country do not get access to the internet. Some families lived in rural areas that sometimes do not have even access to a computer and electricity. With geographical location problems, not only the students get affected but the educators as well. The teachers also struggle in utilizing an online course because they have problems reaching out to their students who live in remote areas. Since students are no longer required to physically attend school, education becomes less interesting for students who live in distant places.
Most students are comfortable and used to the traditional learning process, where they go to school regularly and meet with their teachers and classmates personally. But with e-learning, the process comes quite different in a way that peer-to-peer- interaction is less given importance. Students tend to feel discouraged with instructional training courses because it somehow feels like a stagnant experience. Yes, time can make a difference, and soon the students will be able to adapt to the available learning strategy. However, students with a traditional mindset will find it hard to adjust and enjoy the process of e-learning. As a result of that, both sides experience miscommunication. And when there is miscommunication, students and teachers endure staying connected even though things do not fit anymore. They will end up forcing themselves only for the sake of course completion.
Lack Of Encouragement And Motivation
E-learning is beneficial when students and teachers understand the significant role of technology in the educational system. However, that is not enough. Both should have the motivation to commit to the strategy to be able to enjoy the results. Students and teachers should note that self-motivation is the number one priority of e-learning. Because without self-motivation, even the slightest task would become impossible to accomplish. This could result in teachers and students getting stressed as they may fall behind the course, leaving them open to the idea of giving up. Yes, it is not easy to stay focused on online education these days due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic. But, people should realize that for the time being, they have to utilize what is available. They need to have a positive attitude to overcome the difficulties in e-learning.
With this problem at hand, it is entirely complicated to find a solution because not all students and teachers and their families are emotionally, physically, and mentally prepared to handle these factors that contribute to e-learning stress. But will all the challenges that everybody faces right now, it is significantly essential to adapt, practice, and utilize what’s available to obtain the benefits of e-learning in the future.